Stumps of History

“The unrecorded past is none other than our old friend, the tree in the primeval forest which fell without being heard.”
— Barbara Tuchman

I couldn’t help but imagine how different this place must have been when a tree occupied the space where there is now only a stump. It’s cooling shade most likely comforted hot and weary workers and animals. I can imagine a tire swing suspended by a rope hanging from the lower branches, that swing occupying for many hours the attention and energy of those too young to help with the work but too old to need a mother’s constant care. I think of the birds, squirrels and other creatures that must have found shelter in that tree either temporarily or as a home for a lifetime. What is now a stump once supported, nourished and enhanced life. Although the present quickly passes, what’s past is present.

"Stumps of History", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/13 at 1/1000 sec., 58mm

“Stumps of History”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/13 at 1/1000 sec., 58mm
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The Machines

“The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.”
Oscar Wilde, 1854 – 1900

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Historic Wheeler Farm

“It’s no good running a pig farm badly for 30 years while saying, ‘Really, I was meant to be a ballet dancer.’ By then, pigs will be your style.”
– Quentin Crisp (1908-1999)

Just down the road a piece is a very beautiful Salt Lake County park, Historic Wheeler Farm. I should probably have gone there a long time ago, but sometimes you miss the things that are right in front of you. Or am I the only one that happens to?

The first convincing evidence of spring that I've seen!

Captured just seconds before this ornery fella tried to peck my camera (but due to my quick reflexes, he got the tripod instead!)

The original barn has been redone as an activity center.

I've had a thing for locks since I was a child... I don't have to collect them now, though - I'm happy just photographing them.

Poor guy: the other ducks would run away when he'd approach, as if bad coiffure was contagious!

Please come back tomorrow for a close-up look at some antique farm machines…

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